Louise Sartor

Labyrinth Walk

« C’est estre fou que n’aimer rien »

The very small paintings of Louise Sartor staged throughout the Labyrinth Walk appear to be minor details of daily-life but her paintings are in fact inspired by complex socio-cultural codes. The highly-fragile painting techniques evoke the ephemeral and poetic nature of life.

Presentation of the artist’s work by the curator of the exhibition


« C’est estre fou que n’aimer rien »


Labyrinth Walk

Now disappeared, the Labyrinth used to be located at the current place of the Queen’s Grove. This labyrinth, conceived by André Le Nôtre from 1668, hosted thirty-nine fountains, each of them illustrating an Esope’s fable.

How to get to the grove ?

About the work

The name of the Labyrinth Walk refers to the former grove replaced by the current Queen’s Grove. The grove was initially laid out as a maze of paths before undergoing a total redesign including the installation of 39 fountains decorated with animal sculptures. Echoing the painted lead sculptures which adorned these lost fountains, Louise Sartor has installed her works in a winding, wooded path to rediscover them and revive their memory. Her installation is a bestiary of paintings on small pieces of wood hung on tree trunks, the style and composition of which borrow as much from traditional depictions of the original sculptures as from a contemporary style stemming from photography found online. Blending styles and eras, codes and conventions, she incites, through these miniature, fragmented scenes, a temporal vertigo.

About the artist

Born in 1988 in Paris, lives and works in Paris, France.

Louise Sartor creates series of very small format paintings in gouache using low-quality, highly-fragile media such as torn pages from newspapers, egg cartons, and the like, featuring motifs inspired by photographs representing scenes from daily life. The artist combines images from the media, social networks, or belonging to private individuals. Thus, she reveals the porous nature of current boundaries between our public and private lives. Sartor’s work questions modern mythologies to show that what appear to be the simplest of behaviours are in fact structured by complex socio-cultural codes.

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